“[God] has begun a new creation through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Jesus burst from the tomb on that first Easter, he was the first man in the new creation. By believing in Jesus, we are joined to him. We become part of the new creation [2 Corinthians 5:17]. We form the new humanity [Ephesians 2:15] which God is creating.
“Unlike the first creation, where God began by making the world and afterwards made creatures to live in his world, in the new creation he has begun by creating the new humanity and afterwards he will make the new world in which they are to live.”
– Peter J. Gentry & Stephen J. Wellum, Kingdom through Covenant (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2012), p. 780.
This Sunday we’ll be learning a new song to go along with this stretch of our series. It’s called “By Faith,” and is drawn from Hebrews 11. The song is a wonderful way to celebrate our place among the people of God, and our determination to walk today as “children of the promise.”
You can listen to the song below, and hopefully grow familiar with it by Sunday!
Our main verse from Sunday, 2 Corinthians 5:17, is a very interesting passage to try and translate from its original Greek into English, because the original is so abrupt. The first part of the verse literally says, “if anyone is in Christ, a new creation.”
By stating things in such a direct way, Paul is underlining that the New Creation is really here: no qualifications, no apologies.
It’s like if I said to my son, “When you’re done your school work, playtime.”
By using as few words as possible, all the focus is put on the arrival of that one, wonderful thing. It’s almost as if Paul is wanting to shock us into seeing how real and how dramatic this really is.
The New Creation is really here, and we’re really a part of it. May God grant us the faith to see and believe this today!
“O Lord, Length of days does not profit me Except the days are passed in Thy presence, in Thy service to Thy glory. Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains Sanctifies, aids every hour, That I might not be one moment apart from Thee, But may rely on thy Spirit To supply every thought, Speak every word, Direct every step, Prosper every work, Build up every mote of faith, And give me a desire To show forth Thy praise, Testify Thy love, Advance Thy kingdom. I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, With Thee, O Father, as my harbour, Thee O Son, at my helm, Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails. Guide me to heaven with my loins girt, My lamp burning, My ear open to thy calls, My heart full of love, my soul free. Give me Thy grace to sanctify me, Thy comforts to cheer me, Thy wisdom to teach, Thy right hand to guide, Thy counsel to instruct, Thy law to judge, Thy presence to stabilize. May Thy fear be my awe, Thy triumphs my joy.”
— From “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.” p. 112 (Banner of Truth Trust)